Karen lives and works in Lymington in The New Forest. She grew up there and it is where her love of horses and animals flourished. She moved away to Brighton, when she was in the antiques trade, where her interest in ceramics was born.
This latent interest was to wait until her two children had gone away to university when she enrolled in a 3D and Ceramic design course at Brockenhurst college.This ignited a passion for the subject, challenging her to design new and original forms, this led to her being selected to exhibit her planters at the 17th Pottery & Ceramics Festival at Hatfield house in 2011. Her inspiration comes from The New Forest and all the flora and fauna it supports during the hours she spends on horseback and on foot walking her dogs.
My planters are a study on the discarded skin of a snake. The piercings are the missing scales and the inverted container the part left by the tail.
The planters are glazed in a variety of colours and some left naked. They can be made into water features either being self contained or using a fountain base or simply leave them empty and admire them as an artwork. They are all fired to stoneware (1260 degrees).
As a child my life revolved around horses, riding bare back over the New Forest with my friends. Times have changed but my love of horses has not, I still ride over the same tracks but in a more sedate manner.
The horses I make are either hand sculpted or I use a mould and then altered them to make them individual. They are fired to biscuit in and electric kiln and to finish a variety of firings are used from smoke and raku to glaze and stoneware. All horses intended for the garden are fired to stoneware to resist the frosts.
Animals have always played a part in my life. After "A" levels I was an aupair in France looking after horses, hounds and the farm yard fowl (and the son when he was home).
As with the ceramic horses these animals are made using a number of techniques. The little birds are slip cast but the remainder are all hand sculpted. I use various firings as with the horses and again all animals for the garden are fired to stoneware.